Virginia's Mike Scott was a lot of things to the Cavaliers during the 2011-12 season, and for everything he did for his team in getting them to where they were in the ACC, he should have gotten more love in terms of ACC Player of the Year voting.
The 6'8" power forward got just 14 votes for the award, while North Carolina's Tyler Zeller ended up with 45, despite the fact that Scott had superior numbers.
The question as to who will translate to the NBA already seems to have been answered, but that doesn't mean Scott won't do anything on the next level.
What Scott Brings to the Team
Mike Scott was a lot of things for Virginia: He was the second-highest scorer in the ACC (18.0 points), the fifth-best rebounder in the conference (8.3 per game), and he led the conference in field-goal percentage (56.3 percent).
This makes Scott an interesting player for the future in the NBA. He's not nearly as big and strong as most power forwards in the league, but he surely knows how to score either with his back to the basket or in face-up situations.
His ability to score is his main tool, and that alone should be enough to get him some minutes as the season goes along. If shots fall, then he'll get more; if not, then he'll be riding the pine for a bit more time than he would have hoped.
The only question that remains with Scott is whether or not he can score on bigger, stronger guys.
What Experts are Saying
Derek Bodner of DraftExpress.com elaborates on the versatility of Scott's mid-range game, which has developed well since his early years at Virginia:
When Scott gets his feet set and is able to square his shoulders, his jump shot has become an extremely reliable weapon for him. With Scott not likely to be the post scorer at the next level that he was in college, this increasing ability to face-up and hit the jump shot is going to be key for his ability to stick to an NBA roster.
Scott isn't going to be anything special as a rookie. In fact, it wouldn't be surprising to see him stashed away in the D-League for a few months near the beginning of the season so he can keep getting his reps.
However, as time goes by and he adjusts to playing against bigger, more athletic players, there's a very good chance that he could see floor time more meaningful than garbage minutes at the end of games.
Scott showed a knack for adjusting over his five years at Virginia. If he can continue that into the NBA, then he'll be around for a while.
Could Scott and Horford be the next great front court duo? Probably not, in all likelihood.
Still, Scott could provide the Hawks with a scoring option off the bench and some stability and support down low as Horford recovers from injury.
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